“The Mercedes was the faster car, yes, but Valtteri [Bottas] was not second, it was Lewis putting out that performance.
“When you lose the championship because of the safety car in the last moment, for sure you feel a little bit sorry.”
He expressed how he wanted Verstappen to win, rather than Hamilton:
“As I said on Thursday, I had a little bit more, 51-49 [percent] for Max, and I was clear from the beginning, because I thought that over the season there were a couple more unlucky moments for Max than Lewis.
“The new is sometimes more attractive than the old in terms of a new champion, it’s good when you see the grandstands.
“If Max wins one day four or five championships, then a new guyy will come, and he will be like the big attraction. I think that’s what I feel now.”